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Tubby wins first game

New coach Tubby Smith got his first win as a Gopher in the teams season opener on Saturday as the team beat Army 84-52. Smith, formerly from Kentucky where he helped establish the Wildcats as a basketball powerhouse, brought a buzz back to Gopher basketball after a 9-22 season last year.

The Gophers defense highlighter their victory as they caused 25 turnovers and held Army to 35.2 percent shooting while the Gophers shot 43.5 percent.

Senior Dan Coleman led all scorers with 16 points and Damien Johnson added 12 points. Army's leading scorer from last year, Jarell Brown, was held to just five points on the night.

With a new coach, inspired team and invigorated fan base, the Gophers hope to carry this momentum over to their next game.

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Tubby opens Minnesota tenure with win